The Canadian government has announced that they will be letting 300,000 international immigrants enter the country in 2017. With this allocate number, they will be maintaining the 2016 target, regardless of recommendations to increase the number of immigrants in order to help spur economic growth.
The government said that they are establishing 300,000 as a new baseline for the admission of permanent residents into Canada, with the majority of those hoping to immigrate to Canada, to be selected as economic immigrants.
While the immigration target has indeed remained unchanged from the 2016 plan, it is still above the average of 259,542 immigrants that were admitted from 2011 to 2015 – providing a little extra hope to anybody hoping to immigrate to Canada.
While being questioned by reporters after tabling the annual immigration report in Parliament on the 31st of October, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum stated that establishing 300,000 as the permanent target will lay the foundation for future growth. He also added that he believes it is true that more people they get to immigrate to Canada, the better it would be for demographic reasons.
Currently, Canada has a population of around 35 million people. Like many other developed countries, Canada has a rapidly = aging population, which is becoming more and more of a problem in terms of for economic growth.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s economic advisory council has recently recommended that Canada increase the annual immigration target to 450,000 for the next five years in order to attract talented individuals to Canadian companies.
With regards to next year’s plan, the number of Canadian immigrants that are admitted under the economic category will be increased to 172,500 from 2016’s 160,600. Even though Canada has been showing great kindness to the Syrian refugees, the number for 2017 will sadly decrease slightly to 40,000 from 55,800 – which is still an incredibly generous number.
McCallum also said that measures to streamline the process for economic immigrant applicants and to improve the permanent residency process for international students would be announced at a later date.
He further stated that students were among the top candidates to become Canadians, however they have been “short changed” by the system in the past.
The parliamentary secretary to the government House leader, Kevin Lamoureux, stated that immigrants not only fill the jobs that would otherwise remain unfilled and help develop provincial economies, but they also make large contributions toward the character and social fabric of communities.